A gutsy legislator who understands the ideas of justice and equal rights earned his pay this week when he introduced a bill to legalize gay marriage in Maine.
Sen. Dennis Damonck would make the state the nation’s third to allow same-sex marriage. It seeks to redefine marriage as the legal union of two people rather than between a man and a women.
How is it that there are so few individuals in political office that appreciate the role they serve, and the good they can do? How is it that so few elected officials take their time in office and use it to make a difference, instead of just going along to get along?
With these words, “Today I have submitted an act to end discrimination in civil marriage and to affirm religious freedom,” Sen Damonck put his feet on the side of history that stands with equality. Too few of his colleagues stand on the same high ground.
The regional movement in New England by gay activists now places Maine with their 1.3 million voters in the eye of the storm. Connecticut allows gay marriage. Massachusetts was the original trend-setter, and last week New Hampshire took steps to consider same-sex marriage too. A regional coalition has emerged, and it is not by accident. Five of the six New England states already offer some form of legal protection for gay couples.
The fact is that slowly it is working.
That is why it so heartening to see the progressive and humane actions of Sen. Dennis Damonck today.
He is the future, if we are smart enough to follow.